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Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

     22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

     22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Product reduces unplanned downtime, machinery replacement

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd July 2016 Australian-listed speciality chemicals development company Alexium International has made significant inroads into the resins, films and polymers industry, owing to its newly commercialised environment-friendly flame-retardant (FR) treatment Alexiflam, which is well suited to the mining industry.... 

Product reduces unplanned  downtime, machinery replacement
UNPLANNED DOWNTIME DIVERTED One of Alexiflam's largest applications in the mining sector comprises polymers used to protect the circuit board wiring in machinery against fire

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Persons working in hazardous locations have to understand their environment, its associated risks and the applicable laws and standards better, the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) tells Mining Weekly, stating that education is of paramount importance. In addition, better monitoring in... 

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body
DANGEROUS BUSINESS Workplace monitoring is crucial to ensure that mining risks are mitigated and incidents avoided

Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual Explosives Conference, which took place on May 26 and 27, in Johannesburg. Mogorosi Communications... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th July 2015 To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression technologies, which the company recently introduced to the industry, through live demonstrations last... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology
FIREFIGHTING ENHANCEMENT The EXTINGUISHmist sprays only 6 ℓ of water per minute, guaranteeing longer-lasting firefighting capacity of up to four times

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent risks of the industry, conference organiser Sean Macnamara from Interact Media Defined tells Mining... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea

Partnership supplies flameproof plug and socket to mines

     24th July 2015 Industrial equipment supplier Hysense Trading in conjunction with Lean Mining Solutions (LMS) this month launched a new 250 A flameproof plug and socket into the market. Hysense Trading supplies products and consumables to the mining and metals industries, and will be supplying the LMS plug and... 

Company improves fire-protected couplings range

     3rd October 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has improved the design of its fire-protected FireLock EZ Style 009N couplings range. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld says the improved design is easier to install than the 009H rigid coupling style, on which the... 

Company  improves fire-protected couplings range
FIRELOCK EZ STYLE 009N The improved design of the new range makes it even easier to install than the 009H rigid coupling style on which it was modelled.

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions

     3rd October 2014 Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose says the company is committed to mitigating the damage that the... 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW METHOD Electronic blasting gives the mining company control over the blasting process’ environmental impact

Symposium to focus on mine safety

By: Pimani Baloyi     3rd October 2014 Local nonprofit organisation the South African Flameproof Association’s (Safa’s) symposium, which will take place on November 13 in Secunda, Mpumalanga, will focus on mine safety and preventing hazardous explosions. Safa representative Dion Abrahams tells Mining Weekly that the yearly symposium... 

Symposium to focus on mine safety
Photo by Bloomberg
ENSURING SAFETY Flameproofing is an important aspect in mining that ensures the safety of mineworkers and a mining company’s assets

Motors suitable for mining and hazardous applications

     4th October 2013 Manufacturer of custom designed motors Ohio Electric Motors reports that special considerations must be taken when using mechanically commutated electric motors (DC motors) in hazardous locations to ensure that it not only solves the motion control needs of the application, but also that it is... 

Fire protection company becomes agent for extinguishing systems

     4th October 2013 Fire protection products and services supplier Sperosens has been reported as an agent to supply and install dry sprinkler powder aerosol (DSPA) extinguishing systems for the South African mining and industrial sectors.  “Sperosens can now offer solutions for your individual risk management as... 

Supplier of flameproof equipment constantly investing in new technology

By: Carina Borralho     4th October 2013 Underground and surface vehicle safety equipment suppliers John Ratcliffe GM Andre Robberts tells Mining Weekly that the company spends about 10% of its turnover on the research and development (R&D) of new explosion-protection and flameproof products.  The company manufactures cameras, which are... 

US company brings fire protection systems to SA

By: Carina Borralho     4th October 2013 Global producer of mechanical pipe-joining and fire protection systems Victaulic tells Mining Weekly that its full range of fire protection products from the US is available in South Africa. The company specialises in grooved piping systems that combine fitness for purpose with ease of installation. 

Flameproof LED light to improve safety of mineworkers 

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Flameproof lighting supplier, Azolite now a division of industrial plugs manufacturers Powermite, have manufactured a new flameproof light-emitting diode (LED) light for use in underground mining to improve safety and efficiency. Previously, fluorescent lights were most commonly used in mining... 

Handling explosives demands training and the utmost respect

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosives supplier and manufacturer AEL Mining Services warns about the dangers of the abusive use of explosives in mines and the resultant risks of serious accidents. 

New laboratory to help minimise explosion occurrences  

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs launched a new laboratory including a purpose-built building and improved test control and data capturing technology to streamline the testing of explosion-protected (Ex) equipment for both the mining and surface industries.  

SA delegates to attend explosion-prevention meeting in Denmark

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 The South African Flameproofing Association (Safa) sent three delegates to attend the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) annual general meeting (AGM) this month, as new international explosion-prevention standards are being promulgated. 

Electronically initiated blasts lead mining into the future

     30th September 2011 The number of mines using the new range of electronic wireless initiating system technologies is steadily increasing, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services reports. 

Flameproof tractor aligned with current safety standards

By: Joanne Taylor     30th September 2011 The first flameproof tractor was designed and manufactured in 1976 by agriculture and industrial mechanisation group Aim Group and other parties after the need for flameproof underground tractors arose. 

Intrinsically safe temperature transmitters introduced

     30th September 2011 Hazardous area indicators provider Beka Associates has introduced a full range of panel and field mounting, intrinsically safe and noncertified safe area models, which are locally represented by instruments for hazardous areas supplier Extech Safety Systems. 

Nonelectrical equipment covered under the Atex standard

     30th September 2011 The international fireproofing and explosion prevention code, the Atex standard, has been extended to cover nonelectrical equipment such as gear units. 

Company enhances its product portfolio

     1st October 2010 Electrical equipment supplier Emis Sales 2002, which was acquired by the Becker Group of companies, provides equipment up to 1 100 V for use in hazardous and non-hazardous areas in the mining, petrochemicals and surface sectors. 

Explosion-protection regulation deadline looms

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Founder member of the explosion-protection (Ex-protection) steering committee of the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) Dr Johannes Auret, reports that all certificates for Ex-protection equipment older than 1998, have to be renewed by October, in terms of edition 1,01 of 2007 of the... 

Fire-retardant material reduces toxicity during combustion

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Specialist in the design, development and manufacture of wear, corrosion and insulation solutions Uretech has received certification for the use of its polyurethane liners in underground mining operations. The company has decreased the toxicity levels of gases emitted by its polyurethane liners... 

Increased safety luminaires for hazardous applications

     1st October 2010 Included in electrical wholesaler Magnet’s range of lighting products are ATX increased safety (Ex e) luminaires, designed for use in hazardous applications. The company’s ATX electrical equipment includes bi-pin fluorescent luminaries, which have enhanced safety features and are easy to install... 

Mine explosions decrease with redesigned products 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2009 Designer and manufacturer of flameproof equipment for mines Proof Engineering has improved the design of its product line to increase safety and reduce risks associated with fires and explosions in mines. 

Solutions company pioneers early-warning device for hot holes

     2nd October 2009 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions provider AEL Mining Services has developed and launched Hot Eye, a temperature monitoring device that will assist in detecting and reducing the safety risks posed by hot holes in coal surface mining. 

Testing, certification prevent underground explosions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2009 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs says that mines in Southern Africa should be more aware of certification for explosion protected equipment such as flameproof equipment. 

Explosionproof gear motors enhance plant operation

     3rd October 2008 Gear motors from diversified electrical engineering company SEW Eurodrive meet all the defined requirements of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (Atex) in accordance with the Atex 95 standard. 

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